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Glory vow to hit Sydney with physical edge

Perth Glory are vowing to maintain their physical edge as they attempt to pull off the improbable by beating Sydney FC in Saturday night's A-League semi-final at Allianz Stadium.

Glory defied the odds by beating Melbourne City 2-0 in last week's elimination final at AAMI Park.

Before the match, Melbourne City coach Michael Valkanis labelled Glory predictable and physical.

Glory were surprised by the predictable tag, but took pride at being labelled physical.

Perth midfielder Joel Chianese said it was imperative for his side to maintain their physical approach against the Sky Blues.

"Football's a physical game. You need to get stuck in," Chianese said.

"If you don't, you're going to get beat to the ball, you're going to lose that tackle, you're going to lose that challenge, and the other team gets on top.

"We started really well the other night and set a platform for the rest of the game."

Sydney FC are the hot title favourites after losing just one game during the regular season and setting a new record for the amount of points tallied (66).

"We definitely go in as underdogs, and we prefer that - sort of flying under the radar," Chianese said.

"Sydney's been the best team all year. We know what to expect."

Chianese and Diego Castro were the heroes against City, with the duo scoring a goal each in the opening half.

But it was the clean sheet - just Glory's fourth this season - that the team also took great pride in.

"It was probably one of our best games of the season. We fought hard for each other," Chianese said.

"Every clean sheet we get we celebrate. We haven't really had that many this season."

Glory returned to Perth on Monday, and are set to fly to Sydney on Thursday in what's proving to be a busy travel schedule.

Chianese said the team wouldn't use it as an excuse, despite a number of players cramping up late in Sunday's game.